Amir Khan
Amir Khan has Oscar De La Hoya behind him and could earn a shot at Floyd Mayweather. [Reuters]

Sitting at ringside and watching Floyd Mayweather pick apart Saul Alvarez over 12 one-sided rounds has clearly not put any doubt into the mind of Amir Khan who remains confident of facing the undefeated American in 2014.

Khan has never been short of self-belief and as he watched Mayweather deliver a near punch-perfect display against a two-weight world champion in Alvarez, the Brit once again declared his intention to be the next man to come face-to-face with the current pound-for-pound king.

First Khan must find a way to defeat Devon Alexander, certainly no easy task, but the Bolton-fighter truly believes that it is his destiny to face Mayweather. Not only that, he thinks his specific set of skills means he can be the first man to inflict a loss on the five-weight world champion.

"Fighting Floyd Mayweather is my dream fight," Khan told the Telegraph. "We are the superstars of boxing and, once I have got Devon Alexander out of the way, it will be Mayweather for me, fingers crossed. He is an amazing tactician but I know my speed will count against him - that is something I believe in 100 per cent.

"All the fighters who meet Floyd rely on their power, and although he is an amazing fighter, you have to fight him at his own game. You have to treat it like a chess game. You have to use your speed. He needs to fight someone as quick as him and I know that I am quicker than him.

"I met Floyd here at the weigh-in and he said that I was a great fighter. I want to fight him because he is a great fighter and I want to fight the best there is out there. Beating him would make me the best fighter on the planet. I am not saying I will knock him out but I have the speed to overcome him."

Khan has always stated his intention to one day share a ring with Mayweather and it does appear that the 26 year old is a genuine candidate after the American spoke of his desire to fight in Britain.

"Floyd cannot wait until we can come over there and give the UK fans a big, big fight," Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe recently told the BBC.

Khan certainly cannot take Alexander lightly but should he defeat the American then he may well get his wish to enter the ring with Mayweather. He may just need to be careful what he wishes for though.