Floyd Mayweather Jr has admitted he knows very little about Amir Khan but has lauded the British fighter ahead of a prospective clash between the two in May 2014.
There has yet to be any confirmation of a much-speculated fight to take place next year in Las Vegas but the former WBA and IBG light-welter weight champion Khan has been heavily touted as a candidate, with Mayweather expected to announce his next opponent in the coming weeks.
After his December bout with Devon Alexander was cancelled, Khan is one the favourites along with is former stable mate Manny Pacquiao for that fight. When quizzed on the possibility of taking on the Bolton-born fighter, the five weight world champion Mayweather admitted he has not been an avid follower of his potential opponent's career, but will not hesitate to step in the ring with him.
"I really don't know too much about Amir Khan," Mayweather Jr told Boxing Scene.
"But I do know, every time out, the guy comes and fights. If he is the guy, then he's the guy (to fight next). There's nothing I can do but go out there and executive the game plan and dedicate myself to the craft, which is boxing.
"I think he's a young, strong champion," Mayweather continued. "I call these guys champions. I call them champions because even when they get knocked down they get back up and give it their best."
Khan has openly spoken of his desire to step into the ring with the unbeaten 36-year-old for his next fight, having thrown himself back into contention following successive wins over Carlos Molina last December and an unanimous points decision over Julio Diaz in Sheffield in April.
After his bout with Alexander was shelved - a decision the 27-year-old insists was not his - Khan has pencilled his next fight in for May 2014 and has his focus firmly set on the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
"I have been training very hard for the past 8-10 weeks," Khan told the National last week. "My next fight will be in May 2014 and I hope it's against Mayweather.
"My team are working to make this happen, but I am not focusing on it. My aim is to focus on my training and get as fitter and stronger as I can."