The former Olympic silver medalist, Amir Khan, 27, was one of boxing's biggest stars before he took two straight losses. One at the end of 2011, the second in mid-2012.
The drive against the Brit went so far that many experts, including world champion Carl Froch, urged Khan to put the gloves on the shelf. But the Bolton native refused to go in that direction. He changed coaches and has now won three fights in a row.
Now he claims that he feels ready to take the step up to the really big games again:
"I'm looking at guys like Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather as potential opponents. There are big names but it's where I belong."
"There has been negotiation for me to fight Pacquiao in the future, maybe next, but all that I leave for my team to manage."
Khan was close to get a fight with Floyd "Money" Mayweather jr., who is widely regarded as the world's best boxer, back in May 2013. The super star chose between the Brit and hard hitting Argentine Marcos Maidana, and decided to fight the latter.
"Money" Mayweather's next two fights are scheduled for the 13th September and then in May 2015.
"September's not working for me because of Ramadan in July. But I have no problem with that face Floyd in May" said Khan.
"It's a fight that will happen one day as long as I continue to win in impressive style."
"Money" Mayweather has opted for a rematch against Marcos Maidana with Khan out of action in the Autumn but that doesn't rule out the possibility of the fight happening in 2015.
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