Paul Gallen says a 'life-changing' magnitude of wealth was offered to some helium and Sonny Bill Williams to yet settee their differences successful the boxing ring, lone for his would-be hostile to sound it back.
"This was enactment to Sonny's manager, Khoder Nasser, for perfectly life-changing money," Gallen told Wide World of Sports.
"I'm talking millions. A multi-million dollar deal. Refused."
The erstwhile Sharks skipper said his advisors were pitched the thought of 2 fights by an planetary promoter, but the proposition was instantly dismissed by the Williams camp.
There person been aggregate instances of the 2 agreeing oregon reportedly agreeing to fight, lone for the woody to collapse. Now 40, Gallen thinks it's astir apt excessively late.
It comes aft Williams revealed he wants to combat Gallen, but not immediately.
"I'm assured maine and Sonny won't happen. I agreed to a fight, with Khoder, 4 oregon 5 years ago."
Gallen said helium agreed to a woody wherever helium would springiness the lion's stock of some the Australian and New Zealand pay-per-view wealth to his opponent, knowing afloat good the combat wouldn't instrumentality place.
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Gallen said determination was "no way" he'd beryllium warring successful 2 years' time, and that the Williams combat represented a superb mode for him to extremity his vocation successful the ring.
After all, this combat is the 1 that has eluded him since helium made his debut successful the athletics a decennary ago.
"A question I got everyplace I went, schoolhouse visits, infirmary visits: 'when are you warring Sonny Bill?' And I said, 'ask him.'"
Williams has been shaping for a instrumentality to nonrecreational boxing much than six years aft his past combat - and precocious took a warm-up combat against Waikato Falefehi, who sported a 2-14 record.
Gallen criticised the determination and scoffed astatine Williams being knocked down during the bout.
"As overmuch arsenic I don't similar Barry Hall, helium fought maine coming retired of retirement. And he's blessed to combat Sonny arsenic well. What are these warmup fights?
"The logistics of adjacent getting unneurotic is adjacent impossible. We haven't adjacent gotten to a negotiating array yet.
"I conscionable don't deliberation it volition ever happen, I'm not that fussed astir it."
Williams' past combat earlier that was each the mode backmost successful 2015, against American Chauncy Welliver.
"I deliberation Sonny wants to support his legacy. I've ne'er bagged him, I deliberation he's been an oustanding jock and rugby league and rugby national and helium wants to support that."
"I couldn't springiness a sh-t astir legacy. I've said from time 1 I'm present to get paid - truthful Sonny trying to container maine that I'm lone present for the wealth is laughable.
"Sonny intelligibly forgets walking retired connected his mates erstwhile helium was astatine the Bulldogs and rather publically said helium was going to gain much money.
"I don't deliberation he's smart, I deliberation he's truly dumb. I'm not a Khoder Nasser instrumentality but Thank God he's determination steering things successful the close direction."
Gallen said he's blessed to combat Hall again, if that's what radical privation to see.
"It's amusement astatine the extremity of the day. That's wherefore I fought Barry, Mark Hunt, Justis Huni, Lucas Browne - Sonny goes and has a combat successful a warehouse with cipher watching."
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