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23 Latino Athletes Ranked By Their Number of Titles And Championships

With how the sports industry has influenced the mainstream in terms of coverage and exposure, different athletes from all over the world have garnered fame and popularity. Americans have long been the ultimate standard for any sports fields, but the rest of the world has caught up with the best of them. Among those international athletes who have achieved great success are the Latino sports personalities. Here are the most successful Latino athletes ranked by their number of titles and championships.

23. Albert Pujols

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Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American first baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols won two World Series titles for the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.

22. Manny Ramirez

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Manny Ramirez is one of the most influential Boston Red Sox players in history. The Dominican-American outfielder won two World Series championships for Boston in 2004 and 2007. Ramirez is also a nine-time Silver Slugger awardee.

21. Carmelo Anthony

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Had Carmelo Anthony won an NBA championship, he would be one of the top athletes in this list. The NBA trophy may be elusive for him, but his success in the Olympics can’t be ignored. Anthony is already a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a record for USA male basketball players.

20. Miguel Cotto

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One of the most popular fighters coming from a long line of impressive Puerto Rican boxers, Miguel Cotto won six titles across four weight classes. Cotto is a disciplined and all-around boxer who had stellar victories over Carlos Quintana, Yuri Foreman, and Shane Mosley.

19. Marco Antonio Barrera

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Marco Antonio Barrera is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense type of fighter. Nicknamed the ‘Baby-faced Assassin’, Barrera held seven titles across three weight classes. He was one of the best featherweight Mexican fighters during a golden era of boxing that featured fellow countrymen Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez in his weight class.

18. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

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The 28-year old Canelo Alvarez is hailed as one of the best active boxers today. The Mexican slugger already has ten titles in three weight classes to his name. His impressive wins over Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, and Shane Mosley catapulted him to the top.  However, Canelo’s controversial win over Gennady Golovkin has people clamoring for a third fight between the two middleweights.

17. Alexis Arguello

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Alexis Arguello was regarded as one of the most unbeatable champions in boxing history as characterized by the fact that he was successful in every title defense fights and only vacated the belts when he moved up a weight class. The Nicaraguan fighter turned politician had eight titles in four weight classes and had an overall record of 77 wins and 8 losses.

16. Roberto Clemente

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Roberto Clemente, a baseball player and philanthropist, won two World Series championships with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Puerto Rican right fielder was an undisputed Gold Glove Award winner for twelve straight years. Clemente died in a plane crash while doing charity work.

15. David Ortiz

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Dubbed as the ‘Big Papi’, Ortiz is the third Boston Red Sox player on this list. The Dominican-American designated hitter won three World Series championships for the city of Boston. Ortiz is a very popular player in the fan base, arguably one of the most well-loved Red Sox players of all-time.

14. Juan Manuel Marquez

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Juan Manuel Marquez could arguably be regarded as one of the toughest fighters of his era, having won nine titles across four weight classes. The Mexican boxer enamored people with his brilliant counterpunching, and a knack for getting better and more resilient when knocked down. Marquez penciled his name among the all-time greats with victories over Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera.

13. Bernie Williams

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Bernie Williams could be heralded as the most successful Puerto Rican baseball player in history. He brought four World Series championships for the New York Yankees and became an accomplished musician after his retirement in 2006.

12. Carlos Monzon

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Carlos Monzon is an accomplished Argentinian boxer who won three titles and held a record of 87 wins and 3 losses. But his most impressive feat is the fact that he defended the middleweight title nine straight times and fourteen overall.

11. Oscar de la Hoya

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Oscar de la Hoya, a Mexican boxer turned promoter, is arguably the most famous boxer in this list. The ‘Golden Boy’ won ten titles across six different weight classes, doing it with his combined charisma, flair, and grit.

10. Reggie Jackson

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Perceived by many as a top-tier hitter when the stakes are high, Reggie Jackson won five World Series titles during his long baseball career. The 14-time All-Star and 2-time World Series MVP has Puerto Rican heritage roots.

9. Manu Ginobili

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The Argentinian shooting guard won four NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs. Ginobili was also part of the heralded 2004 Argentina team that won the gold medal in the Athens Olympics.

8. Mariano Rivera

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Mariano Rivera of Panama is a widely-accomplished baseball player who played for the New York Yankees. An impressive pitcher and closer during his 19-year career, Rivera won five World Series titles with the Yankees.

7. Joaquin Capilla Perez

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Joaquin Capilla Perez was the most successful Mexican Olympian in history. An accomplished and impressive diver, Capilla won four Olympic medals and four Pan-American Games medals.

6. Roberto Duran

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Behind the charisma and flamboyance, Panama’s Roberto Duran is one of the greatest talents that the boxing industry has ever seen. He won five titles across four different weight classes, and his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard is widely-documented. 

5. Lionel Messi

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It’s safe to say that Lionel Messi is the greatest soccer player in the modern era. The streaky and flashy Argentinian striker has already won over 30 titles in his career. Messi is still chasing World Cup success, but he is already a largely-accomplished athlete.

4. Julio Cesar Chavez

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Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez sports a record of 107 wins and 6 losses, characterized by titles across three weight classes. He has successfully defended his titles in a record 27 times and went on an 87-win streak during his career.

3. Rafael Nadal

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Rafael Nadal, the current second-ranked tennis player in the world, has won 17 Grand Slam titles in his career. Dubbed as the ‘King of Clay’, he holds the record in the French Open tournament with 11 titles.

2. Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona, an Argentinian football player turned club manager, is among the greatest in the football industry. Maradona has won two World Cup titles for Argentina, including championships for FC Barcelona. His flashy dribbling and ball control catapulted him to instant fame.

1. Pele

Twitter @Pele

Brazil’s Pele is still the most accomplished Latino athlete of all-time. Hailed as the greatest football player ever, Pele won three World Cup titles for Brazil and has been a major influence for the community ever since.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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