Amir Khan defends his light-welterweight world titles against Lamont Peterson in Washington tonight, with one eye already on Floyd Mayweather's pound-for-pound crown.
The Bolton fighter hopes to successfully defend his WBA and IBF belts against Peterson before leaving the 10-stone ranks as the division's recognised number one.
From there, 25-year-old Khan plans to move up to the 10st 7lbs welterweight division where potential riches and recognition await.
Top of his list is a showdown with pound-for-pound kingpin Mayweather, but other high-profile names on his radar include Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto.
"I'll probably move up to welterweight in my next fight because there's nobody out there I can face at light-welter," Khan told Press Association Sport.
"There are big names in the welterweight division and I can work my way towards those big super-fights against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and also Shane Mosley, who is in that division and I could probably face.
"There are some real super-fights for me in that division that people will want to see."
Khan (26-1, 18KO wins) claims the ball is already rolling as he and his team work towards a contest with undefeated veteran Mayweather.
"We've offered the fight to Mayweather's team and they are interested in the fight. I think that fight could happen in the next six to nine months, maybe even sooner.
"It depends how we come through this fight against Peterson.
"When I fight Mayweather I'm not going to be fighting for a big payday because I can make that fighting anybody, really. I want to fight Mayweather because I want to beat him.
"I want to be the first to beat him and I think I've got the style to do that.
"I want to fight him to take away that pound-for-pound world title from him and be known as the best fighter in the world. I think when the time is right, within the next six to nine months, we'll jump on that and take the fight against him."
Such talk will be music to Peterson's ears as the 27-year-old looks to shake off his underdog tag and punish Khan for arguably over-looking him.
Khan's speed is cited as his biggest asset and likeliest route to victory, but all-rounder Peterson is unconcerned.
"If I want to match his hand speed then I will," said the American (29-1-1, 15KO wins).
"If I don't, then there are other ways around it. If the fastest man always wins the fight then Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and fighters like that would have never lost. Roberto Duran wasn't the fastest guy but he beat Leonard. That's boxing.
"Speed is just one attribute. It means nothing to me."
He added: "I'll do whatever I have to do to win. That's the thing about me.
"You've seen me box and you've seen me bang. When I get in there I'll get a feel for it."