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Canelo Alvarez’s tattoos

What do Canelo Alvarez’s tattoos mean?


Those of you who are boxing fans will no doubt be more than aware of just what an amazing fighter Canelo Alvarez is.

Renowned for his fabulous physique, his raw punching power, and being one of the quickest, most technically gifted boxers in the sport’s history, it’s easy to see why so many people consider him to be one of the best that the industry has ever seen.

The Mexican pro boxer has won countless World Championship titles across a number of different weight classes.

Whether he fights at light heavyweight or light middleweight, Alvarez is most definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Having beaten the best in the business and taking legends such as Mayweather Jr to the limit, he is perhaps best known for his rivalry with Triple G ‘Great’ Gennady Golovkin, for which both men scored victories in their trilogy bouts, with Alvarez stating that the rivalry between then was personal, rather than professional.

Canelo Alvarez’s Tattoos: what do they mean?

When he is not in the gym or boxing, Alvarez can be found on the golf course and spending time with his family.

A renowned catholic, his religion is also very important to him.

Alvarez has stated that he plans on retiring from boxing in the not-too-distant future and that he wants to grow his business and play more golf in his free time.

Many of his interests and passions can be found on his body, in tattoo form.

Alvarez is a big fan of tattoos.

What do Canelo Alvarez's tattoos mean


He takes his body art seriously and only has tattoos on his body that mean something to him.

Canelo Alvarez’s tattoos are popular in tattoo stores all over the globe, especially in his home country of Mexico. But which tattoos does Alvarez have, and which are his most meaningful?

Here’s a look at some, not all, of his tattoos, for which we’ll look at his most popular ones.

‘Cinnamon’ tattoo 

Now, you may wonder why Canelo has a tattoo that says ‘cinnamon.’

Is he simply a huge fan of this delicious spice, or is there more to it?

Well, it turns out that Canelo, which is his nickname, actually translates to ‘Cinnamon’ in English.

While this may not be the deepest, and most meaningful of his tattoos, it is still very important because most of his fans know him as Canelo, so it is essentially his brand.

‘Perseverance’ tattoo

Another example of Canelo Alvarez’s tattoos that have proved hugely popular all over the globe, is his ‘Perseverance’ tattoo.

On the back of Alvarez’s neck, you will find the word ‘Perseverencia’ tattooed, which, of course, translated to ‘Perseverance’ in English.

This is a simple yet very meaningful tattoo because it represents the kind of person he is.

Coming from Mexico, Alvarez has had to persevere all of his life to get to where he’s at now.

To become an elite athlete, especially a fighter, you must be willing to persevere through the tough times, and that is exactly what Canelo has continued to do all his life.

Rose tattoo

Whereas Canelo has publicly spoken about the meaning behind most of his tattoos, there are some that he has not discussed, and his rose tattoo is one of them.

On Alvarez’s left arm, specifically the lower forearm just above his wrist, you will find a tattoo of a rose.

This is nothing fancy, just a nice-looking rose, though why he has it is unknown.

It could be that it has some deep and spiritual meaning behind it, or it could simply be that he is just a fan of roses or rose tattoos.

Rose tattoos are, of course, very popular, so maybe he just saw some nice examples from his tattoo artist and asked for one on his left arm.

Destiny tattoo

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His back tattoo is perhaps his most renowned.

On his back, you will find a motivational quote tattoo.

What’s especially poignant is the fact that it is not a short quote.

It reads as follows:

‘Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice. Life is hard, but never give up. Keep on fighting and always believe in yourself to achieve your dreams.’

What we, and millions of other people, love about this tattoo is the message behind it.

Of course, from a literal perspective, it makes sense because he is a fighter, so of course, having a quote about fighting is fitting. However, looking at it more deeply, we can see that it is a metaphor for life itself.

Alvarez had a tough upbringing, and he had to work hard to become one of the best boxers in the world.

There were many instances when he wanted to quit and throw in the towel, but he didn’t.

He persevered (remember his other tattoo?) and became one of the best on the planet.

Daughter tattoos

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When people talk about Canelo Alvarez’s tattoos, his tattoos featuring portraits of his daughters are very well-known and popular.

Canelo is a loving father, and on his left arm, he has portraits of his two daughters.

On his left bicep, you’ll see a tattoo of his daughter Maria, while on his left forearm is a tattoo of his daughter Emily.

‘No boxing, no life’ bicep tattoo

Sharing the spot on his left bicep along with a portrait of his daughter Maria, you will find a simple, yet very meaningful quote that reads ‘no boxing, no life.’

You don’t need to be a tattoo expert, or a psychologist to work out the meaning and message of this tattoo.

Without boxing, Alvarez would not have the life he has now.

It also gives him purpose and something to train for and work on bettering himself for.

Matching tattoos

Both Canelo and his girlfriend have matching crown tattoos on their forearms.

These also feature the date ‘28/11/2014.’

The crowns signify that he is her king, and she is his queen, and of course, the date is a very special one for the happy couple.


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