Amir Khan has shared fresh fears that pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather will continue to avoid him in the autumn of a tremendous career in search of safer opponents, revealing that he remains sceptical the mega-money showdown will ever materialise.
Khan started 2014 canvassing for the chance to face Floyd after snubbing a light-welterweight world title showdown with Devon Alexander, but was left fuming when Mayweather decided that Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana was more deserving of a test against the very best.
The 27-year-old rebounded to shine on the undercard to that clash in a clinical beatdown of Luis Collazo, but has admitted to the Daily Mail that he still believes Mayweather could see out the remainder of his lucrative Showtime deal without facing the Bolton-born star.
He disclosed: "I think time might be running out. You always fear a little bit that the fight may not happen, but then I think to myself that at least the world knows I wanted it to happen.
"It’s a fight I really want and if it never happens I’ll be upset because he is the best out there. If he’s not ready or confident then the fight isn’t going to happen. Even if the world says fight Amir Khan next, if he says ‘no’ then it won’t happen.
"I really do believe I have the style to beat him. I don’t think he is scared of me but he has said he is scared of getting beaten and I think he sees something in my style which would cause him a lot of problems."
Khan's conviction comes from a career reborn under the tutelage of Virgil Hunter, and a frustration born out of fighting just once in the last 13 months.
Mayweather for his part has always looked highly receptive to a battle of speed versus speed against a more youthful Khan and why not, when possessing a flawless 46-fight professional record.
The 37-year-old is likely to fight once more this year, most likely in September in October, but unfortunately for Khan his chances of sharing the Las Vegas spotlight with a true sporting superstar remain very much in the hands of The Money Team's main man.