Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.
Mr. Pacquiao has pledged to campaign against poverty and corruption.
He is a popular figure in his home country but faces an uphill battle, trailing in opinion polls consistently topped by Sara Duterte-Carpio.
He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban. However; It is not clear which of the PDP-Laban factions will be recognized by the country's electoral commission for the 2022 election.
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