Amir Khan has suggested he will only consider fighting Floyd Mayweather once he has unified the light welterweight division.
The Bolton fighter and WBA world champion has made no secret of his desire to take on the unbeaten American superstar but is not convinced he is ready just yet.
Khan could take on the winner of the much-anticipated showdown between WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) and WBC title holder Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) in January before considering stepping up a division to take on 'Money'.
The WBA world light welterweight champion told BBC Radio: "It's a possibility in the future. A lot of people say I want to fight Mayweather next.
"I want to fight Mayweather in 12 months. It gives me time to mature and to get more experience.
"Hopefully around April I want to get one more fight in before I unify the division."
Mayweather has not stepped inside a ring since beating Shane Mosley in Las Vegas in May and Khan, who last week successfully defended his title for the third time with a thrilling points victory over Marcos Maidana, would like to get it on with him back in England.
He added: "The interest would be huge in England. I want to bring the biggest fights over here. To get a Mayweather to fight in England would be a huge success."