Juan Carlos Burgos and Luis Cruz met in the opening bout of the pay-per-view for Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. Cruz was the slightly favored prospect heading into the bout but ran into some very big trouble from Burgos.
Burgos managed to hurt Cruz with regularity during the first three rounds of the fight. Cruz was fighting a slower pace but he was unable to get power punches in while Burgos' pressure and hooks and right hands got through. Burgos also was able to get off combinations that seemed to bother Cruz.
Cruz started to find a bit of a rhythm in round four, winning his first round on the SB Nation card. Burgos found his combination punching and body attack again in the fifth, almost shutting out Cruz, who was unable to land a single power punch in the round.
Through the sixth round it was Burgos with a five rounds to one lead on the SB Nation scorecard, continuing to use his power shots to the head and body and combinations. The pattern continued in the seventh and Cruz's eye started to swell up.
HBO had it scored much closer as it wore on than SB Nation and Bad Left Hook, but heading into the tenth and final round it appeared that Burgos should be in the lead. Cruz took the final round with much more successful power punching, but our card read 97-93 for Burgos at the final bell.
The official scorecards read 95-95, 97-93 and 98-92. Juan Carlos Burgos was given the majority decision.