Although the bout started excitingly with both men having a solid connect in the first few seconds the fight swiftly became the expected chess match with neither man wanting to taste the others power again. The chess match was unfortunately a style night for Donaire who often looked a step behind the Cuban who is boxing's equivalent to a "Grandmaster". The Cuban managed to tag Donaire with sharp shots when ever the two came close, though unfortunately for the paying public the two rarely came close in the middle rounds as Donaire chased his elusive rival.
The Filipino fighter did manage to score some notable success though they were few and far between with a knockdown in round 10 the most noteworthy thing he did in the bout securing the only 10-8 round. Sadly for Donaire the Cuban recovered and then put on an offensive masterclass in round 12 which caused some really notable damage to Donaire's eye and seemed to have the Filipino trying to survive to the bell.
To make matters worse for Filipino fans Jaderes Padua (8-2-1, 5) also lost as he was stopped in 6 by former world champion Tomas Rojas (40-14-1-1, 17). Although Padua isn't as high profile as Donaire he managed to put arguably a better fight than Donaire as both he and Rojas traded bombs in an enthralling brawl that sadly saw the Filipino youngster dropped and stopped.