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Amir Khan has conceded that the spectre of Floyd Mayweather will never be far from his mind when he steps in the ring for his welterweight showdown with Devon Alexander in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Amir Khan

Amir Khan

Amir Khan has conceded that the spectre of Floyd Mayweather will never be far from his mind when he steps in the ring for his welterweight showdown with Devon Alexander in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Khan has spent the majority of the pre-fight build-up insisting he is only concerned with the immediate threat posed by the former IBF champion and that there remain plenty of other options in the 147lbs division.

But the 28-year-old Bolton native betrayed his true concerns when questioned over his ability to see off Alexander in explosive enough style to make the prospect of a future showdown with the self-styled 'Pretty Boy' a reality.

Khan said: "I want the boxing fans around the world to demand a fight between me and Floyd - I want them to demand it when they see Amir Khan in such a good fight.

"They're going to be like, 'wow, he should fight Mayweather'. I don't just want it to happen, I want people demanding it. It's going to be a tough fight but I don't just want to win it, I want to win it in style."

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Time will determine the extent of the mistake Khan made a year ago when he pulled out of a prospective showdown with the then IBF champion in the mistaken belief he had already landed a dream Mayweather bout.

Instead Mayweather chose to face former Khan foe Marcos Maidana, leaving Khan out in the cold, and he spent a 14-month absence from the ring before returning to outpoint Luis Collazo in May.

The prize for beating Alexander could be huge, and Khan insists his work with trainer Virgil Hunter has helped blend his natural inclination to attack with a more measured approach that should serve him well.

"I'm still going to be the fighter that I've always been but I'm just going to be smarter," added Khan. "When I put an attack together there has got to be a reason for it."


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