AMIR KHAN believes he is on course to fight 'Pretty Boy' Floyd Mayweather Jr in 12 months.
But the WBA world light welterweight champion also says he plans to retire in four years.
Having recently successfully defended the title for the third time against WBA interim champion Marcos Maidana the options are now good for Khan.
Khan has been tipped to step up a division to meet Mayweather, possibly as early as his next contest but he sees that contest as a more long-term prospect.
Khan also hopes to unify the light welterweight world titles before stepping up one division to take on Mayweather at welterweight.
Khan told the Sportsweek programme on BBC Radio 5 Live: "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."
Khan then plans to take on Mayweather, who stopped Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas in 2007, and would like the contest to be on home soil.
"Before the end of 2011 or even in England at the beginning of
2012," he said of a possible fight with Mayweather.
"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."
Khan recently turned 24 and his plan is to retire in four years.
He added: "Boxing is a short career. I'm looking at probably 28, retiring at around that time."