Amir Khan has conceded he may need to increase his experience before stepping into the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Khan defended his light-welterweight crown with a gritty win over Marcos Maidana last weekend - a clash described by promoter Oscar De La Hoya as the "fight of the decade".

The Brit is likely to take a break before returning to the ring in April, but talk of a step up in division to take on Mayweather persists. Khan has made no secret of his desire to tackle the unbeaten welterweight king, but he is likely to keep himself busy before that fight takes place and has not ruled out a rematch with Maidana.

"If Maidana wants a rematch I am happy to have a rematch as I know in that fight I made a lot of mistakes," Khan told Sky Sports News. "I know how to deal with him now, but there are other names out there.

"First of all I want the winner of Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley to unify the division. Once I unify the division I want to move up to welterweight and fight the likes of Mayweather. That will happen in the next 12-15 months. First of all I want to get more experience and make my name bigger in America and winning world titles.

"It is my ambition to fight Mayweather. I am one weight below him. I maybe need one or two fights in that division and then that fight with Mayweather could happen.