Floyd Mayweather will reportedly accept an era-defining bout with Manny Pacquiao if the contract includes a rematch clause should he suffer defeat.

Boxing fans the world over have craved to see the clash of arguably the sport’s two biggest stars. In his column for the Daily Mail, Jeff Powell reports insight given to him by Freddie Roach—Pacquiao’s trainer—who believes Mayweather wishes to insert something of a safety net into a potential deal, should he fall for the first time in his career.

Roach told me: ‘My understanding is that Floyd is insisting on the rematch if Manny beats him, which I believe he will. That’s okay with us,’ And why not, given the huge amount of money which would be involved?

Pacquiao publicly announced his intentions after his one-sided destruction of Chris Algieri on Sunday. “I want that fight (with Mayweather),” he said. “The fans deserve that fight.”

The Filipino’s performance only served to heighten the hype for such a bout, as Pacquaio returned to the ring with the ruthlessness of a man who is finally ready to take on the best again.

In truth, Algieri’s heart kept him in the Cotai Arena bout far longer than many challengers would have managed. Pacquaio floored him six times en route to retaining his WBO welterweight title, offering a controlled explosion of well-timed and accurate punches to dissect his opponent’s defence.

Pacquaio has certainly worked himself into a stretch of form since damaging losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Brandon Rios, Bradley and Algieri have all lost unanimous decisions to Pacquaio since he was KO’d by Marquez, putting the 35-year-old in an excellent “no lose” situation should a contest with Mayweather go ahead.

It is the American who has the unbeaten record to defend. He is the one who would be under most pressure, most likely in his spiritual Las Vegas home.

With that said, another Roach quip from Powell’s article highlights why Pretty Boy stands to gain plenty by stepping in the ring with Pacquiao:

“Floyd is afraid of losing his unbeaten record to Manny. But that’s not what defines greatness. (Muhammad) Ali lost, (Sugar Ray) Robinson lost, (Sugar Ray) Leonard lost….but they’re still all-time greats. What counts is fighting the best of your era.”