Belfast-born Olympic and Commonwealth medalist Michael Conlan, is preparing for his third professional fight on the undercard of current WBO Welterweight Champion and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao who faces undefeated Australian Jeff Horn on Saturday night.
While the fight offers great international exposure for the 25-year-old, it will be his first undercard slot after two headline fights in New York and Chicago.
Conlan faces Jarrett Owen who has a record of 5-4-3 and will look to add to his current undefeated winning streak.
The former World Amateur Champion believes a slightly lower key outing against local Aussie fighter Jarrett Owen will allow him the opportunity to box without the intense focus that surrounded his two recent headline fights in the US.
I mean come on having UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor walk him out to the ring at MSG, New York on St Patricks Day, in his first pro fight wasn’t exactly low key was is?
Conlan’s last two opponents, American Tim Ibarra and Mexican Alfredo Chanez both failed to offer much of a threat who are considered journeymen in the Super Bantamweight division.
The Irish-man is particularly excited by the prospect of fighting on the same bill as the legendary eight-weight world champion Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao.
“He’s one of my favourite fighters and he has been one of my favourite fighters for the last decade. I’m honoured to fight on a Pacquiao undercard. It’s a special, special event.”