Khan eyeing the big leagues
Amir Khan plans to bid farewell to the light-welterweight division on Saturday night before pursuing mega-fights and superstardom in 2012.
The Bolton fighter hopes to successfully defend his WBA and IBF titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington before leaving the 10-stone ranks as the division's recognised number one.
From there, 25-year-old Khan plans to move up to the welterweight division where riches and pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather await, and he said: "I'll probably move up to welterweight in my next fight because there's nobody out there I can face at light-welter."
He added: "There are big names in the welterweight division and I can work my way towards those big super-fights against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and also Shane Mosley, who is in that division and someone I could probably face.
"There are some real super-fights for me in that division that people will want to see."
Khan (26-1, 18KO wins) claims the ball is already rolling as they work towards a contest with undefeated veteran Mayweather.
"We've offered the fight to Mayweather's team and they are interested in the fight," he said. "I think that fight could happen in the next six to nine months, maybe even sooner. It depends how we come through this fight against Peterson.
"When I fight Mayweather I'm not going to be fighting for a big payday because I can make that fighting anybody, really. I want to fight Mayweather because I want to beat him. I want to be the first to beat him and I think I've got the style to do that.
"I want to take away that pound-for-pound world title from him and be known as the best fighter in the world. When the time is right, within the next six to nine months, we'll jump on that and take the fight against him."
Khan, who weighed in one pound lighter than Peterson at 139lbs, is the heavy favourite for the bout on Saturday night.